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This text offers a concise, affordable and reader-friendly introduction to the criminal justice system. It explores the system in four sections: the criminal justice system as social control, law enforcement as social control, the law as social control, and corrections as social control.
Designed with the student in mind, each chapter includes: "What You Need to Know," highlighting key points for the reader; brief chapter outlines; review questions; vocabulary lists; and exercises to help students customize the material for different jurisdictions.
SECTION I: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AS SOCIAL CONTROL
1. Criminal Justice as Social Control
2. Crime in Society
3. Why Do People Commit Crime?
SECTION II: LAW ENFORCEMENT AS SOCIAL CONTROL
4. Police in America
5. Police Operations
6. Policing and the Legal Process
SECTION III: THE LAW AS SOCIAL CONTROL
7. Law and Society
8. Courts in America
9. Due Process: Arrest through Sentencing
10. Juvenile Justice and Corrections
SECTION IV: CORRECTIONS AS SOCIAL CONTROL
11. The Function of Corrections
12. Pretrial Diversion and Probation
13. Prisons and Jails
14. Parole and Re-Entry
15. Looking Toward the Future: Criminal Justice in the 21st Century